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Water requirements of nuclear power stations

Currently the Government is undertaking a feasibility study into the possibility of establishing a nuclear power industry in Australia. Among the concerns raised about the development of a nuclear power industry in Australia is the amount of water consumed by nuclear power plants compared with...
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Australian Crime Commission amendment bill 2007

The Australian Crime Commission (the ACC) (formerly the National Crime Authority but with enhanced intelligence functions) commenced operations on 1 January 2003. According to the latest Annual Report, the aim of the ACC is to 'reduce the incidence and impact of serious and organised criminal...
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The future of organ donation in Australia: moving beyond the 'gift of life'

Australia’s organ donation and transplantation system does not meet the nation’s present demand for organs and is unlikely to meet its future needs. This is especially so given that the demand for transplanted organs is anticipated to continue to grow with the ageing of Australia’s...
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Members of Commonwealth ministries

Introduction Many Members of Parliament (MPs) aspire to ministerial office. Kim Beazley Jr once said: ‘being a minister, that really was something special from the moment I got it’.1 Garfield Barwick was said to have arrived at the Attorney-General’s office with ‘more ideas than a...
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Broadcasting services amendment (media ownership) bill 2006

Rhonda Jolly provides an overview of the development of media ownership regulations and the changes wrought by the recently implemented media ownship legislation. The Bill permits cross-media mergers in radio licence areas where sufficient diversity of media groups remains following the mergers. At least five...
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Special Broadcasting Service (SBS): Operations and funding

The SBS Corporation is Australia's multicultural and multilingual public broadcaster. It was established to define, foster and celebrate Australia's cultural diversity in accordance with obligations in its Charter. to ?provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians and...
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Funding of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

This E-Brief updates earlier statistics on funding provided to the ABC by the Australian Government and information on funding derived from other sources.
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Copyright Amendment Bill 2006

The Bill proposes to make significant changes to the Copyright Act 1968 affecting provisions dealing with enforcement, copyright exceptions, technological protection measures (TPMs) and the Copyright Tribunal. This Bills Digest provides an overview of the legislation and draws on material from Senate Standing Committee on...
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Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Bill 2008

This digest summarises the purpose, background, financial implications and main provisions of this Bill, which aims to create a resale royalty rights scheme so that visual artists will be able to claim a share of the proceeds of each successive commercial resale of the original...
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Budget review 2008-09

This report provides an overall examination of the budget ? including initiatives in media and communications and in the arts ? and detailed analysis in selected areas. The briefs are organised according to the subject matter discussed and the perspective adopted in the analysis. The...